Mark McDonald is encouraging more businesses in Aberdeen to sign up to become ‘breastfeeding friendly’ after confirming that his constituency office is now officially registered for the NHS Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.
The NHS Grampian pilot project is being rolled out across the city, with the aim of raising the profile of breastfeeding and the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act.
The Aberdeen Donside MSP comments:
“It is in the spirit of tackling that stigma that NHS Grampian has launched its 'Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme' encouraging businesses to make mums aware that, when they are visiting premises and their baby needs fed, that they are welcome to do so while they are there.
“Many mothers stop breastfeeding before they want to, and this can be for a variety of reasons. However, it is important for mothers to be confident that wherever they are, if they need to feed their child, staff and members of the public will be supportive of that.
“I would encourage other businesses in the city to register for the scheme and to display a simple window sticker to indicate that they too, are supportive of breastfeeding mothers.
“I am delighted that my constituency office has now signed up to the scheme, and hope this will help in our bid to tackle stigma and raise awareness of the Breastfeeding Act and its impact."
For more information on the NHS Breastfeeding Welcome scheme visit: www.nhsgrampian.org/bfws